Construction for the Luas Cross
City project in Dublin commenced in June 2013, with an aim to
integrate the city's public transport network. Once finalised, the
project will provide an extension of the Luas Green Line from St.
Stephen's Green to Broombridge via Dublin City Centre, Broadstone
Image above shows crossing point
complete with highway blister tactiles
Providing the 'missing link' in the Laus network, this operation
is key to fulfilling the potential of the transport network.
Following the completion of the project which is scheduled for the
end of 2017, there will be an additional 10 million passenger
journeys per year on this newly extended Luas Network.
The scheme encompasses the extension of the Laus Green Line,
creating an interchange with the red line, and once complete, there
will be 13 new stops with eight of these in the core city centre
With a cost of $368 million, the project is one of the largest
capital investment projects being undertaken by the government at
The main infrastructure contract was awarded to Sisk Steconfer
Joint Venture at the start of 2015 and mobilisation of the
successful bidder's team began in January with works commencing
thereafter. The supporting structure for the tracks has already
been built and so this section of the works will involve the laying
of the new track and the surrounding roadway; the footpaths will
also be reinstated.
Accessories, Visul's distributor in Ireland won the contract to
supply 100 boxes of highway
blister tactiles for zebra crossing points on the project. The
purpose of the tactile paving surface is to provide a warning to
visually impaired people who would otherwise, in the absence of a
kerb, find it difficult to differentiate between where the footway
ends and the carriageway begins. The surface is therefore an
essential safety feature for this group of road users at pedestrian
crossing points, where the footway is flush with the carriageway to
enable wheelchair users to cross unimpeded.
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